The Lord Be With You Today!
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away, and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
(Here is a truth about which the Lord reminds us,
a truth hard for us to understand and accept,
that those He takes to an early and seeming tragic death
are really under His merciful protection and care for them,
that in His omniscience, He knows what lies ahead for them
and in His great mercy chooses to spare them from it.)
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.
(The Israelites were blind to what was happening all around them,
in this case, that those who were living upright lives,
those who were speaking forth God’s truths to the people,
were dying off, literally. The Lord was sparing those faithful ones
from the assault that evil had made on their world,
and was lovingly bringing them into His rest and peace.
Today, when the words of the righteous are stilled
and go unnoticed and unheard, their truths die off
and evil is able to make a yet firmer foothold.
Then the lies of the world, the lies of the enemy,
become the only input we hear and the foundation
for the ways we think and live our lives.
Today the Lord is calling those who walk uprightly to enter His peace,
to die to self, to speak His truths into our world
so that the voices that speak the wisdom of the Lord are not stilled
and so that the repeated rejection of truth does not prevail.
If we don’t allow the Lord to speak through us in our words and actions,
the result is a tragedy where those voices of truth are no more.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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